Tongji University is one of the leading universities directly under the State Ministry of Education. it was founded in 1907 as Tongji German Medical School by Erich Paulun，a German doctor in Shanghai. The name Tongji suggests cooperating by riding the same boat.
It has developed into a comprehensive univarsity which offers programs in nine disciplines of science，engineering，medicine，liberal arts，lawphilosophy，economics，management and education. As a univarsity which had established a reputation for its research，Tongji became one of the first group of universities which were authorized by the China State Council to establish its Graduate School. As one of the leading universities，it was successful in its application for the“211 Program”which provided universities with substantial government fund.
Tongji University is located in the northeast of Shanghai with four campuses. It now occupies a total area of over 247 hectares with a floor space up to 1379271 square meters. The university library has a floor space of 71400 square meters and the total collection of the university library reaches over 3 .17 million volumes. In addition，there are 2 495 kinds of Chinese periodicals，840 kinds of foreign periodicals and more than one million electric books.
The university has School of Architecture and Urban Planning，School of Civil Engineering，School of Economics and Management School of Electronics and Infor motion Engineering，School of Environmental Science and Engineering，Mechanical School，School of Material Science and Engineering，School of Traffic and Transportation，School of Foreign languages，School of Liberal Arts and Law，MedicalSchool，School of SciencesSchool of Software EngineeringSchool of Ocean and Earth Science. In addition，there are Institute of Further Education，Institute of Higher Technology，Institute of Vocational and Technical Education，Institute of Education，Women's College，Institute of Automobile Marketing.There are also Sino-Ger-man Institute which is authorized by Chinese and German governments to run postgraduate courses and French Institute of Engineering and Management jointly established by Tongji University and ParisTech
目前学校共有82个本科专业、209个硕士点、8个硕士专业学位授权点，博士授权点'78个，13个博士后流动站。学校有各类学生59 437人，其中研究生17 395人，本专科生22 141人，成人教育生13 284人，留学生1 829人。1教学科研人员8 182人，其中有中科院院士5人，工程院院士7人.教授等正高级职称者584人，副教授等副高级职称者1 300多人。
Tongji University offers 82 undergraduate specialties，209 masfier's programs， 8 authorized master degree specialties，78 doctoral programs and 13 post-doctoral research stations.The university now registers over 59437 postgraduates，22141 undergraduates，13 students at all levels，including 17284 students of adult education 395 and 1829 overseas students.There are over 8 182 academic staff for teaching and research，among whom there are 5 members of Chinese Academy of Sciences，7 members of Chinese Academy of Engineering，584 professors and over 1 300 associate professors
As one of the state leading centers for scientific research，the universify has 5 stafie key laboratories and engineering research centers，9 more at the provincial and ministerial level. There are also 5 university hospitals located in different campuses.The university has developed rapidly in all respects since the founding of China，especially since the country's opening-up policy. It is now a first-class at home and world-renowned comprehensive university with seven disciplines in engineering，science，medicine management，arts，law and economics with strength inarchitecture，civil engineering and oceanography
1907 Tongji University，formerly Tongji German Medical School was established.
1912 The school got its new name as Tongji Medical and Engineering
1927 it was renamed National Tongji University.
1937 During the Anti一apanese War(1937一1945)，the university campus wasmoved from Shanghai first to Zhejiarag Province，then to Jiangxi Province and Yunnan Province and later to Sichuan Province.
1946 It was eventually moved back to Shanghai.
1996 The university merged with Shanghai Institute of Urban Construction and Shanghai Institute of Building Materials
2000 The expanded Tongji University merged again with Shanghai Railway Universify.